Sliedrecht, Netherlands, 10 February 2014, UNIT4 Group, the global leader in software that supports business change, today announced a new contract with African research organisation, ICIPE, to replace its administrative systems including project accounting, finance and HR. ICIPE, which researches ways to better control and benefit from tropical insects and other arthropods, will be the latest of many international NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to implement Agresso ERP.
The project capitalises on experience from a similar project where UNIT4 is implementing a single international research management system for CGIAR, an international consortium of non-profit agricultural research organisations. CGIAR is currently rolling out Agresso across 10 global research organisations to create a single research management IT backbone across the consortium. ICIPE will leverage the knowledge and experience of these NGOs to ensure processes are optimised and cost savings are delivered.
“We chose Agresso because it was the only single ERP solution providing market leading functionality across Projects, Finance, Procurement, HR and Payroll,” said Roger Finan, Director of Finance at ICIPE. “In working with the CG Centers and other organisations like us UNIT4 understands what we do, how we do it and the constraints within which we have to work. Utilising the NGO blueprint developed by CGIAR allows us to be up and running with the core system very quickly giving time to concentrate on those areas that are particular to ICIPE. This means we can concentrate our valuable funds and resources on research whilst Agresso helps us deliver efficiencies and savings in administration.”
ICIPE was established in 1970 in direct response to the need for alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management strategies. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, ICIPE is mandated to conduct research and develop methods that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and which are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. ICIPE’s mandate further extends to the conservation and utilisation of the rich insect biodiversity found in Africa.
Photography is available to download illustrating the ICIPE Head Office campus in Nairobi and an indigenous fruit fly.